Frank Thomas D. 1954 Signed AUTO 8x10 Photo Notre Dame Alabama College Football HOF PSA/DNA LOA

Frank Thomas played quarterback at Notre Dame from 1920-22. He went to Georgia as an assistant coach from 1923-24, then worked as head coach at Chattanooga from 1925-1928 and Alabama from 1931-1942, 1944-1946. (Alabama had no team in 1943). His record at Chattanooga was 26-9-2, at Alabama 108-20-7. Overall, he was 134-29-9, which equaled a winning percentage of .805. His Alabama teams were 5-1 in bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, and Orange Bowls). Among the famous Alabama players, he coached were Don Hutson, Bear Bryant, Vaughn Mancha, Harry Gilmer, Johnny Cain, and Riley Smith.

Thomas was a solid coach who claimed material was 60% of the game. The coach's knowledge, ability to impart it to the players, his organization of practices and his personality accounted for the other 40% of the game. "Keep the players high," he insisted, "and make practice a pleasure but not a lark. Be a disciplinarian, but not a slave-driver." He was inducted into the College Football HOF in 1951 as a charter member and died in 1954.

Offered is a very rare signed 8x10 photo personalized to Christy (Walsh) (Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig’s agent) in blue ink.  Handwritten notation on the back of the photo dated 3/5/46.

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Item: 12852

Price: $695.00
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Frank Thomas D. 1954 Signed AUTO 8x10 Photo Notre Dame Alabama College Football HOF PSA/DNA LOA